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CHICKABOOM!

by Tami Neilson

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ALBUM RELEASE: FEB 14 2020

No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.

She’s an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock ‘n’ roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.

Previous media accolades come from both sides of the Atlantic, including Rolling Stone, which called her “a fire-breathing belter on her own terms” and the U.K.’s Guardian, which asserted that “her powerhouse voice recalls 1950s stars such as Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline.”

Of her new album’s title, CHICKABOOM!, Tami explains, “I wanted to write an album of punchy little songs, popping firecrackers that, when stripped back to nothing but a guitar, percussion and two voices, would still go boom!” The new collection brings much personal and family history to the table.

Tami grew up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band, working alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells. With her parents Betty and Ron (her late father a songwriter of considerable accomplishment) and two brothers Todd (drums) and Jay (bass), she spent years on the road learning her craft. This enabled Tami to explore her increasing vocal and emotional range and build a deep well of musical influences to draw upon when she started to write her own material.

Subsequently, Tami fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to the bottom of the world and began her solo career. Over many years she built a platform for herself through open-mic nights, playing soulless casinos and the dead-air time-slots at festivals, finding a small group of fellow travellers and supportive players, and then a series of increasingly impressive albums followed.

The early records saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country, a couple recorded around the kitchen table back home in Canada with brother Jay, who is now an acclaimed producer and songwriter. Then awards started coming in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her “country singer” label: Best Female Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, an APRA Silver Scroll (songwriting) award and Album of the Year nominations. Her Dynamite! album of 2014 received rave reviews in Britain’s MOJO and the Guardian named it a Top 10 Best Country Music Album. Tami’s songs appeared on the Netflix series Wanted and the terrestrial TV series Nashville.

Tami Neilson’s singing and writing is too big to contain, as HMV noted: “There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn’t big enough.”

The road has now led to CHICKABOOM!, which is something different again, and even more personal. “In the past year, I started to notice something,” she says. “The artists I would spend time with backstage at festivals, the ones I gravitated to the most and followed on social media ... artists like the Secret Sisters, Shovels & Rope, Kasey Chambers, Brandi Carlile ... they all have family performing with them. When you tour away from loved ones, it makes a world of difference to have part of your village with you on the road. Not to mention, nothing can come close to that special blend of blood harmonies and silent communication that only comes from being onstage with a person for over 30 years. Family has always been a huge part my music-writing, recording and creating with me, but I wanted family on this project and on the road with me again.” Brother Jay flew to Auckland, New Zealand from Toronto to record a selection of new songs that have unmistakable sibling magic and harmonies. “I don’t think he quite understands what he’s gotten himself into but now the album’s coming out it’s a bit too late. Sucker,” she laughs.

And if you’ve missed Tami before — on record or in concert — then you are in for a treat ... and you might not quite understand what you’ve gotten yourself into either.

As we say: you’ll never forget the first time you saw Tami.

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released February 14, 2020

Tami Neilson- Vocals
Jay Neilson- Bass/Rhythm Guitar
Delaney Davidson- Lead Guitar
Brett Adams- Lead Guitar on 'You Were Mine'
Joe McCallum- Drums/Percussion
Produced by Tami Neilson/ Delaney Davidson
Engineered/Mixed by Jol Mulholland at The Lab, Auckland, NZ
Mastered by Chris Chetland

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"Tami Neilson is a fire-breathing belter on her own terms." -ROLLING STONE

"A great, big canyon of a voice."
-DOWNBEAT

“Tami Neilson is a full tilt badass monster of music”
–SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

"A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.”- Nick Bollinger, RNZ
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Track Name: Hey, Bus Driver!
HEY BUS DRIVER!
T Neilson/ J Neilson

Living out of a suitcase
Down to my last blue jeans
Truck stop coffee, same white lines
Every road I see

Fall asleep looking at your picture
Wake up saying your name
Wringing tears outta my pillow
Go, go, going insane

Hey Bus Driver
Put your foot down, ‘cause I’m on fire
18 shows out on the road
It’s only 6 more days, only 5 more days, only 4 more days
And I’m home
I’m going home, I’m going home

Got no honey in the morning
Got no sugar in my bowl
I’m just bringing home the bacon
Raking in, making that dough

Fall asleep looking at your picture
Wake up saying your name
Wringing tears outta my pillow
Go, go, going insane

Hey Bus Driver
Put your foot down, ‘cause I’m on fire
21 shows out on the road
It’s only 3 more days, only 2 more days, only 1 more day
And I’m home
I’m going home, I’m going home

Ooo, hoo, Mama
Mama I’m comin’ home
Ooo, hoo, Mama
Mama, I’m comin’ home
Track Name: Ten Tonne Truck
TEN TONNE TRUCK
T Neilson

Daddy born poor, Mama was too
Walking through the snow, plastic bags on their shoes
Papa selling houses, sleeping in a car
4 babies in the backseat underneath the stars

Hey, Hey just work a little harder
Hey, Hey punching that clock
With work and prayer and a little bit of luck
Make so much money need a ten tonne truck

Well the bank took the house when Daddy lost his job
Put a hitch on the back of Mama’s little silver Dodge
Drove with nothin but our clothes and guitars
Right down to Nashville, gonna be big stars

Well you scratch and you claw and you try to make a living
Pay dues, get moved right back to the beginning
When the pie gets bigger, everybody wants a slice
What I been cookin’ since back in ’89
Track Name: Queenie, Queenie
QUEENIE, QUEENIE
T Neilson

Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball
Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball
Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball
Down come baby, cradle and all

Chickens need feeding, dog needs a bone
Bills need paying and the bank’s on the phone
Dishes need washing, kids do too
Man come home and he want to woo hoo

Screaming from the kettle, knocking at the door
Baby kicked the bucketful of suds on the floor
Rain starts falling, clothes on the line
What’s a stay-at-home-Mama do with all that time?

Working through the day, working through the night
Planes and trains and another missed flight
Mama’s gotta hustle, do another show
‘Cause they won’t play a lady-o on country radio

Boom Boom, Boom Boom Chicka Chicka!
Track Name: You Were Mine
YOU WERE MINE
T Neilson/J Neilson

Take my heart, it used to be so supple and sweet
Now it’s withered on the vine
There’s before and then there’s after you were mine

Take my faith, so strong and full of fire
Now it’s bruised, broken down and blind
There’s before and then there’s after you were mine

Sun comes up, sun goes down
World keeps rolling around and around
The hands on the clock
Going tick tock tick tock
Ain’t the way I measure time
There’s just before and then there’s after you were mine

Take my hands, they used to hold you so tight
Now they reach, but never touch you in the night
There’s before and then there’s after you were mine
Track Name: 16 Miles of Chain
16 Miles of Chain
T Neilson/ D Davidson

Lower me down into the ground with 16 miles of chain
To find a heart for the man I love, one that wouldn’t stray
Through the door to the devil’s store, from the ashes dark and stained
He pulled out a new black heart with 16 miles of chain

‘Been waiting for you a long time girl’ the heart began to say
'A body freed is all I need and I will never stray’
Through wind and trees it sang to me, ’In love we will remain’
And I fell in love with that new black heart and 16 miles of chain

16 miles of chain, 16 miles of chain
I fell in love with that new black heart
And 16 miles of chain

Come on down from the roof, my dear, see what I have found
Into the chest that I love best, I pushed that black heart down
And in my lovers face I saw betrayal and the pain
And now I’m tied to that cold black heart with 16 miles of chain

16 miles of chain, 16 miles of chain
I paid in blood for that cold black heart
And 16 miles of chain
Track Name: Tell Me That You Love Me
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
T Neilson/ D Davidson


Tell me that you love me
Tell me that you love me
Tell me that you love and you’ll never let me go

Tell me that you’ll kiss me
Tell me that you’ll kiss me
Tel me that you’ll kiss me
And you’ll do it real slow

Please please pretty please, pretty pretty please me
Tease tease don’t you tease, baby don’t you tease me
I’m here, you’re here, both of us are waiting here
I could give a kiss to Mister
Won’t ya be my Baby please

Say, would you say what I wanted you to say
Yesterday, tomorrow or could even be today
No you’ll never get better not in any kind of weather
I’m a real go getter gonna love ya L.O.V.E.
Baby please
Track Name: Any Fool with a Heart
ANY FOOL WITH A HEART
T Neilson

I try to speak, tongue-tied and weak
Each time I try to start
Any fool with eyes could see
Any fool with ears could hear
My love for you is oh, so clear
To any fool with a heart

I try to flirt, lipstick and skirts
But I don’t know the art
Any fool with eyes could see
Any fool with ears could hear
My love for you is oh, so clear
To any fool with a heart

You can’t see the forest for the trees
Hear the rhythm pounding in my veins
Pum-pum, like a drum
The oldest love song plays

I just can’t take this hurt, this ache
Each day that we’re apart
Any fool with eyes could see
Any fool with ears could hear
My love for you is oh, so clear
To any fool with a heart

She touched your sleeve
You turn to leave
I wave while you depart
Any fool with eyes could see
Any fool with ears could hear
Your love for her is oh, so clear
To any fool with a heart
Track Name: Sleep
SLEEP
D. Davidson

Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep away the heartache
Deep, baby, deep
Fall into the endless night

Wait over day til the dream comes
Close your eyes and fall
Hold your breath in wait as it happens
Sleep, baby, sleep

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